“I think me and Mayhem match up for a nice and exciting fight,”
“I think he’s an extremely talented fighter. He’s got a little size on me, and he’s extremely well-rounded,” added the Cesar Gracie trained combatant. “He can fight from anywhere and he always comes in shape.”
“Being ground fighters, being on top in MMA is usually an advantage. Wrestling would definitely be an advantage, but I feel Mayhem has a little bit underestimated wrestling … His wrestling is actually pretty good. I think he’s definitely capable of taking me down and I think I’m definitely capable of standing with him too, so this fight could take place anywhere.”
“I spar with the best fighters in the world no problem, but people want to bash my stand-up … I’m not going to let (the criticism) force me to play into someone else’s game to try and prove myself.”
“I think my stand-up is way underrated, but I’m not going to try to prove something to show these idiots that I can stand.”
“My grappling is my strongest point. I work my stand up all the time. I knockout people all the time in training, but that’s training … I figure I’ll save the stand-up for when I need it and work to put it toward the ground and play to my strength. There’s no reason for me to try to prove anything to show anyone. I’ll stand-up when I need it, but the ground is my strength … We trained a couple of times together. It was one of those things where it was nonstop transitioning from one move to the next on the ground … Hopefully we’ll have that kind of fight out there. [MMAWeekly]
As much as I want to see Jake Shields test his stand up and quiet Jason Mayhem Miller, a fast pace technical ground battle between the two, might just be what the Strikeforce “Fedor vs Rogers” main card needs.
Shields and Mayhem will be fighting for the vacant Strikeforce middleweight belt at Strikeforce “Fedor vs Rogers” this Saturday in Chicago.